Dominos, Snow & Salad Dressing

Last night my daughters came over for dinner and a game of Mexican Train Dominoes.  With temperatures in the negative digits, 2 feet of snow on the ground and a forecast predicting more snow for 3 straight days, I needed some fun.  Plus, I got to to send care packages home with my girls.

We had escalloped potatoes with ham and a  big salad with homemade dressing and some side fixings.   Instead of mixing all the salad ingredients together, I  put everything on the table like a salad bar.  Mixed lettuce, tomatoes and celery went together in a big bowl  and  then onions, blue cheese, dried cranberries, nuts, avocado, peppers were in their own smaller bowls. Everyone added what they liked to their own salads. I made a basic creamy garlic salad dressing by mixing these ingredients together in a jar:

  • 1 small, raw garlic clove, mashed (sprinkle a little sea salt on the garlic before you mash it up to pull the juices out of it)
  • 4 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (  I used apple cider vinegar but white wine vinegar is good too)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste

This tastes better if it’s made a few hours ahead and even better made the night before.  It will stay about a week in the fridge.   Shake the jar before serving.

For dessert I made vanilla cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting.

I’m ready for the snow.



20 thoughts on “Dominos, Snow & Salad Dressing

  1. That all sounds lovely, especially the cake!! I like buffet style salads as everyone seems to have different tastes. I can’t eat peppers ~ not even a tiny amount so it makes sense to keep things separate.
    I’m so glad you are enjoying life even with the snow! It does look beautiful though x


  2. Make your own salad – such a great idea! Especially for the folks who either love or hate olives. I am going to try your dressing for a lunch I’m giving next week. Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. What could be more fun than being inside on a cold day with people you like playing a game and eating comfort food? To me, this is what puts the quotation marks around “home.” Love the glimpse into your life. – Ginene


  4. That all sounds lovely and cosy Cynthia, and thanks for the great lunch suggestions and dressing recipe, that would be my favourite. What a good way to beat the weather.

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  5. That salad dressing recipe made me scurry to the store to buy buttermilk – I believe for the first time in my life. It was well worth the trip. I have used the dressing recipe as is, added fresh dill, added bleu cheese, AND – in a moment of grand inspiration, I used it in chicken salad. Really great – and, since I like a creamy dressing, I am often tempted by those premade bottles at the grocery store. No longer, my dear. You have probably added years to my life.


    • Oh that is great, I am glad you like it! What a great idea using it in Chicken salad! Blue cheese dressing is my favorite. I think that dressing is just perfect with blue cheese. Leftover buttermilk is great in cakes, even if you use a cake mix. My grandmother used to soak her chicken in buttermilk the night before she cooked it but I’m not sure why. Thanks Jodie!

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